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Residents Wanted For Wetlands Planting

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2001 12:43 AM
Residents are needed for another planting session at the Bexley Wetlands.
The Christchurch City Council and the Bexley Wetland Trust has developed the wetland area for the last two years.
Another public planting will take place on Saturday 25 August. This will follow the one held on 21 July when about 30 people planted a variety of grasses, flax and coastal shrubs.
A spokeswoman for the trust, Mia Colberts, says more than 2000 trees and shrubs have been planted at the wetland so far.
The planting is designed to create a protection zone between nearby residential development and an ecological heritage area.
Wildlife has already returned to the area and one of the trust’s tasks now is to prevent cats getting into the area.
The wetlands are an important nesting area for pukeko and pied stilt. Also to be found there are shoveler, grey heron and paradise shelduck.
On 25 August the “planters” should meet in the carpark at the Wairoa Reserve at 10.30am. They should take a shovel. A barbecue will be held afterwards for the workers.
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